6.5mm Bullets - Which one?

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6.5mm Bullets - Which one?

Postby njonesy_07 » Sat Nov 20, 2010 4:52 am

Ive posted a bit on this forum, specifically about my somewhat recently acquired Savage Model 11 in .260Rem. For the most part Ive been reloading Hornady's 129gr. SST bullets going 2800fps. Ive done a decent amount of shooting with this set up and I feel confident about taking deer at reasonable ranges.

This is where I have some questions though.I'm also wanting to use the gun for varmits. I'm looking at lighter bullets to use, specifically Hornady's 123gr. Grendel (A-Max)-.510BC. I have some concerns that this slightly lighter bullet doesn't dramatically change trajectory....Only about 5" difference in drop at 500yds. Would I be better just sticking to what I'm using already (129gr) or try a lighter bullet, like the 123gr. Gendel or 120gr. A-Max? Or should I go even lighter?

I've been looking into longer range shooting with the .260Rem. and it looks promising. Apparently its capable of matching ballistic trajectories of the .300Win Mag and even surpassing the .308 [when not accounting for energy]. Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated! Thanks guys! :sniper:
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Re: 6.5mm Bullets - Which one?

Postby njonesy_07 » Sun Nov 21, 2010 1:26 am

Another question..

For longer range, which gr. bullet should I consider? I'm looking at 123gr. A-Max vs 129gr. SST vs. 140gr. SST/A-Max Hornady bullets :huh:
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Re: 6.5mm Bullets - Which one?

Postby lunatic » Wed Nov 24, 2010 12:17 pm

I shoot the 6.5 X55 Swede using 120 & 140 grain bullets with RL22 for powder and I get pretty darn good results. .50" @ 100 yards

For the longer range I would go with 140 grains or the higher.
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Re: 6.5mm Bullets - Which one?

Postby Sagebrush » Wed Dec 01, 2010 11:56 am

For deer and Elk I would use quality bullets like the Nosler 125 partition or the Hornady 129 or 140 SST .

The balistic tips and others can blow up or not penetrate properly on big game if hitting bone or not placed right
with the odds of a wounded animal coming into effect.

With factory loads the 129 SST at 2970fps 200yd zero at 300 yards has 1665 energy and drops 6.7 inches.
the factory 140 SST at 2750fps with 200yd zero at 300 yards has 1574 energy and drops 7.8 inches.

Reloaders can up the velosity by 9% or more with the slower burning powders, just depends which bullet your gun likes
fast or 92% target loads , to do the job.

I loaded a friends 257 Newton wild cat with 140 Sierras at maximum loads and it dropped deer in their tracks but it also wasted a lot of meat and had major hemoraging in the animals, one reason I mentioned slower loads or quality bullets.
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Re: 6.5mm Bullets - Which one?

Postby njonesy_07 » Fri Mar 11, 2011 2:52 am

:bump:

I've been doing more research and I was hoping I could get more replies.

As I said I've been using Hornady's 129gr SST with good success...but I was looking for something a little lighter weight and higher B/C to use on small game. I will stick with the 129gr. bullets for deer as they shoot really well for me and decent ranges.

I'm thinking about either Hornady's 123gr. Grendel (A-Max) bullet w/ .510 BC or Sierra's 123gr. HPBT Match. Launched at about 2950-3000fps, these 123gr rounds seem to produce excellent ballistics similar to the .300WM.

Does anybody have experience or any knowledge they'd like to contribute?

I'll be doing quite a bit of reloading and shooting the next 2 weeks, and I'd like to load up some new rounds to compare to my 129gr. reloads.

Thanks :beer:
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Re: 6.5mm Bullets - Which one?

Postby njonesy_07 » Fri Mar 11, 2011 2:56 am

Sagebrush wrote:For deer and Elk I would use quality bullets like the Nosler 125 partition or the Hornady 129 or 140 SST .

The balistic tips and others can blow up or not penetrate properly on big game if hitting bone or not placed right
with the odds of a wounded animal coming into effect.

With factory loads the 129 SST at 2970fps 200yd zero at 300 yards has 1665 energy and drops 6.7 inches.
the factory 140 SST at 2750fps with 200yd zero at 300 yards has 1574 energy and drops 7.8 inches.


I will be using these rounds for deer and smaller game, coyotes etc. I really like the ballistics of the 120-130gr bullets for the 6.5mm, these weights seem to take the most advantage of the .264 caliber....so thats what I'm planning on sticking with. :sniper:
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Re: 6.5mm Bullets - Which one?

Postby njonesy_07 » Fri Mar 11, 2011 3:26 am

Here is an idea of what my .260 looks like. Nothing too fancy, but she works well.

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